Mt. Carmel junior basketball standout Tyra Buss says she has made a decision of where she will play college basketball beginning with the 2014-15 season. Wednesday, Buss called Indiana University Women’s Basketball Coach Curt Miller to inform him of her decision.
After doing so, Buss released the following statement.
“The recruiting process for me has been an awesome and sometimes overwhelming experience. Since September 1st, I have received thousands of messages via mail, Facebook, Twitter, and email. I am so appreciative of the kind words and messages from all of the coaches who have been recruiting me. I am also very appreciative of the coaches who took time out of their busy schedules to watch me play not only basketball, but tennis as well. Through this process I have met the most amazing people. I have realized that there are not only great coaches out there, but great people with outstanding character as well. That is why it has been so difficult to narrow down the college where I want to continue my basketball career.”
“I want to personally thank my family for all of their support. I would also like to thank my AAU coach, Phil Kessler; my school coach, Tim Willis; and all my teammates. They have all helped make this moment possible for me. My decision has not been made lightly. My family and I have done much research and have had many discussions not only about basketball, but my education as well.”
“Therefore, it is with great excitement and pleasure that I am announcing my decision to verbally commit to Indiana University and play for Coach Curt Miller and the Indiana Hoosiers. I have always dreamed of playing in the Big 10, and I wanted to stay fairly close to home. Coach Miller has offered me the chance to do both. He has an amazing coaching staff, and he definitely knows how to coach point guards. His record speaks for itself. His offense is a perfect fit for me. Most important to me, however, is his philosophy of building his program from the locker room with players of good character. I am very excited about playing for him and my future at Indiana University.”
Since her sophomore year, Buss has been listed on the ESPN 100 Watch List for the class of 2014 and has received offers from hundreds of schools coast to coast, including from most of the schools in the Big Ten, Missouri Valley and South Eastern Conferences. It was while playing AAU basketball for the Indiana Swish out of Evansville, Ind., that coaches at the collegiate level began noticing Buss’ talent.
“Although Tyra is only a little over half way into what could be a historic high school career, I know her decision to join the Hoosiers in a few years is a great choice,” said Buss’ AAU Coach, Phil Kessler. “Coach Miller has spent his career recruiting great point guards into his system. IU's academic track record speaks for itself, the new facility is second to none, and with the other recruits who are making commitments to IU, the women’s basketball team should rebound similar to the way the men’s team has. Tyra's best basketball is yet to come in the Big Ten.”
Buss is averaging 33.5 points per game in her high school career. She has 2,173 career points, a school career record for both girls and boys. The Illinois High School girl’s career record is 4,031 points, and Buss is on pace to beat it. She holds school records for most points in a game (53), most points in a season (1,121), most free throws made in a season (283, twice), most 3-point shots made in a season (110), most 2-point shots made in a season (254), and most steals in a season (161). Buss’ name is also appears in the Top 20 of numerous Illinois state records, including third most points scored in a season (1,121). Buss is a two-time All-State basketball player. For a full list of stats and awards, visit www.tyrabuss.com/Basketball.html.
“We are very proud that Tyra has this opportunity to pursue her dreams of playing at the next level,” said Tim Willis, Buss’ coach at Mt. Carmel High School. “Tyra's years of dedication and hard work have provided her the opportunity to continue her basketball career at the highest collegiate level. Tyra is the complete package - not only an outstanding scorer, but also a premier defender. Her basketball IQ and a never ending desire to improve will allow her to continue to grow as a basketball player at the next level. Her style of play, ball-handling skills and ability to attack the basket will be a great match with Coach Miller's dribble drive /pick and roll offense. Indiana University is getting not only an outstanding basketball player but also a tremendous student and individual. I know she will be in good hands with Coach Miller and his staff at IU. I and the Lady Aces coaches, players and fans look forward to following her career at IU.”
The Buss family also released a statement. “We are thrilled with Tyra’s decision,” they said Wednesday. “We are very proud of her and all her hard work and dedication to the sport she truly loves to play. The decision that she made was a very tough one. During the recruiting process, she has become close with many Division I coaches and programs which made the decision that much tougher. We want to thank all of those coaches and programs and wish them great success in the years to come.”